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Out of the Furnace

I like this one. He’s tough…and angry. Out of the Furnace (2013) turned out to be a pretty good compliment to Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).  Both are about a struggle for meaning and dealing with rejection in sight of success.  Though only one … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Peeta, how are we going to kill all these people? There has been a lot of Young Adult (YA) literature adapted to film the last few years.  Since the success of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), born of the personal … Continue reading

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Now You See Me

Come in close.  Closer. About 15-20 minutes in, the trick begins.  Actually it really begins in the first minute of Now You See Me (2013), but you don’t realize it until about 15 minutes in.  Well, you’ll realize it in the … Continue reading

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Seven Psychopaths

The movie ends my way. Remember when I was talking about the Irish sense of humor?  It’s a wonderful thing sometimes.  In dialogue, in characterization, and in feeling, it’s usually terrific.  Seven Psychopaths (2012) proves that these wonderful things require … Continue reading

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Transsiberian

You want to learn about America, get a book.  You want to learn about Russia, get a shovel. You know how to make a good movie mediocre?  You make three movies and put it into one.  I’m going to have … Continue reading

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Friends With Benefits

Umm…we need to talk… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I do not mind it when a story is told and retold. That’s why the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew lasted for years. Not because I liked … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games

It’s a television show! I can’t speak to the Twilight series, but most sci-fi/fantasy adaptations are frustratingly unlike the source material.  Sometimes they subtract from the story, which is understandable considering time limitations of film.  That argument I think is pretty … Continue reading

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